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Cho Group Chairman wins defamation suit against uSpiked editor
- Queensland court finds gossip website editor-in-chief defamed Michael Cho
- Defendant ordered to pay $350,000 in damages to Mr Cho
- Court issued an injunction restraining the defendant from publishing or republishing the defamatory articles or articles with similar content
Melbourne, Australia – 12 April 2019:
The Cho Group is pleased to announce that its founder and chairman, Michael Honsue Cho, has won the defamation suit against Mr Mark Thomas, the editor-in-chief of an online gossip site, Uspiked.com.
The District Court of Queensland ordered Mr Thomas to pay compensatory damages in the amount of $350,000 to Mr Cho, which includes aggravated damages.
The court also issued an injunction to prevent Mr Thomas from republishing the defamatory articles or publish content that is substantially similar in those articles.
Mr Thomas could be held in contempt of court if he fails to comply with the court’s ruling.
The proceedings commenced in May 2018 and relate to the publication of three online articles authored by Mr Thomas. The three articles were found to be defamatory of Mr Cho and fundamentally misrepresented the nature of the products offered by the Cho Group.
Legal firm Jones Day was engaged as Mr Cho’s solicitors for the proceedings.
Mr Thomas was personally served with the relevant legal documents in Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa on 31 August 2018.
The case was reviewed before the Honourable Judge Koppenol of the District Court of Queensland, Australia on 12 April 2019.
About Cho Group
The Cho Group funds and develops advanced technology for humanitarian and environmental projects. The Company has acquired substantial assets such as land, factories, patents, inventions, joint ventures, licenses and distribution rights of various companies’ products and services around the world. For more information, please visit to www.chogroup.com.au.
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